A mural of two cranes now adorns a wall at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in striking colours.
Council will now consider granting $7,000 to the museum for a new mural by Japan-born artist Taka Sudo.
Staff are recommending the grant, according to a new report going before council Monday, Dec. 4.
Staff said the property at 6688 Southoaks Cres., where the museum is located, hosts a "highly visible wall that is susceptible to illegal graffiti."
The mural not only serves to beautify the wall and deter graffiti but enhances the aesthetic of the community and celebrate Japanese culture, staff said.
Artist Sudo, who lives in B.C., uses traditional Japanese symbolism and classical design motifs and blends them with his signature street style and Western art, according to the report.
"He adeptly illustrates the complexity of the interplay between the traditional and contemporary culture of Japan, and our relationship to that culture through art in Canada."
In an Instagram post, Sudo called the piece "a dream project."
"It's an absolute honour that I could make this mural during this year's Nikkei Matsuri to celebrate Japanese culture here in B.C. where I love and call home," he wrote.